Page 2188 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 22 June 2005

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sore eyes. Mr Pratt, unfortunately, forgets that we have an intelligence-led policing system and that the process of policing is far more important than having police at the bottom of every driveway, but I will leave it to Mr Gentleman to talk to that issue in more depth.

Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, in the interests of brevity, I will move the amendment circulated in my name and speak to both my amendment and the substantive motion in one hit. I would encourage my colleagues to do the same. What members of the opposition do is a matter for the good Lord and themselves. I move:

Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“recognises that:

(1) ACT Government expenditure on policing has increased from $68.2m in 2001-02 to $94.4m in 2005-06;

(2) in the 2005-06 financial year, ACT Policing will receive an additional $4.67m which consists of $1.1m towards increased police numbers, $200 000 for the Belconnen Police Station feasibility study, $100 000 to establish the child protection register and $3.27m in certified agreement indexation;

(3) ACT Policing strength has increased by a minimum of 40 FTE positions (based on the premise of a constable being employed at three-quarters of the permissible experience band) between 2001-02 and 2005-06;

(4) recently announced Budget initiatives will see this strength increase by a further 20 FTE positions, taking the minimum number of new FTE positions provided since the Stanhope Government was elected to 60; and

(5) the move to intelligence-led policing has resulted in a significant reduction in crime in the ACT.”

Mr Smyth: I take a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. The amendment just moved actually contains inaccuracies and therefore, of course, misleads the Assembly. Can the member move an amendment that is historically incorrect? If I could clarify: the first line refers to an expenditure of $68 million—

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, resume your seat for a moment, thank you. Unfortunately, Mr Smyth, there is no point of order.

MR HARGREAVES: The government provides an annual budget allocation to ACT Policing for the provision of policing services in the territory; we all know that. The government’s expenditure on policing has increased from $68.2 million in 2001-02 to $94.4 million in 2005-06. Mr Smyth can dispute the accuracy of those numbers if he wishes, but we are talking about the relativity of the increase. We are talking about a 50 per cent increase, or something of that size. In the 2005-06 financial year, ACT Policing will receive an additional $4.67 million, consisting of $1.1 million towards increased police numbers, $200,000 for the Belconnen police station feasibility study, $100,000 to establish a child protection register, and $3.27 million for certified agreement indexation.

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